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Windows can not start up. File missing or corrupted?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by asd123, Aug 5, 2006.

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  1. asd123

    asd123 Thread Starter

    Aug 5, 2006
    Whenever I try to start my computer, the bios loads as normal, but then I get a black screen with the message: Windows can not start because C:\WINDOWS\System32\config\system is missing or corrupted.
    It tells me that I can try to repair the problem by loading the repair console on the Windows XP install disk, but whenever I try this, I get a black screen with a DOS console, and I don't know enough DOS to fix the problem. Help please!

    P.S. If it is avoidable, I'd rather NOT have to reformat or wipe my hard drive.
  2. seekermeister


    Jun 20, 2006
    There are a number of functions available in the Repair Console. The one most likely to help would be "chkdsk /r", but you can review this and other possibilities by simply typing "help" after logging in.
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